The importance of bees

BI Norwegian Business School is proud to welcome the President of The Republic of Slovenia and His Majesty The King of Norway to an open seminar about pollination, green infrastructure and citizen science.

  • Starts:15:30, 7 November 2019
  • Ends:17:00, 7 November 2019
  • Location:BI Norwegian Business School, Campus Oslo
  • Price:Free
  • Enrolment deadline:01.11.2019
  • Contact:Henrik Thorsen (henrik.thorsen@bi.no)

On Thursday 7th of November the President of The Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Borut Pahor, and His Majesty The King of Norway, will be BI's special guests at a seminar about the importance of bees. 

The seminar will feature talks by:

  • Dr. Aleksandra Pivec, Minister for Agriculture, Slovenia
  • Atle Hamar, State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment
  • Markus Sydenham and David Barton, researchers from NINA
  • Ane Johnsen, ByBi
  • Maja Lunde, author of the book The History of Bees

The seminar is open, free of charge, and there will be food and mingle after the program. 

Please note that we expect high interest, and there will be a draw between the registered attendees if we exceed the capacity. Final confirmations will be sent out on the 4th of November. 

A gift from The President to His Majesty The King of Norway, a traditional Slovenian apiary, will be exhibited in the main entrance at BI. The beehive is measuring 1,25*1,25*2,0 meters, and will be decorated with paintings representing beekeeping and Norwegian culture. The exhibition will also contain information about beekeeping and the science of pollination. 

Media contact: Henrik Stølen: henrik.o.a.stolen@bi.no


  • Time
  • Title
  • Speakers
  • Registration

    All guests have to register before 15:15. Please note that no coats or bags are allowed into the auditorium. 

  • Doors open

    All guests have to be seated in the auditorium by 15:20

  • Welcome


    Inge Jan Henjesand, President at BI Norwegian Business School

  • Remarks by Dr Aleksandra Pivec

    Including a presentation of the Apiary


    Dr Aleksandra Pivec, Minister for Agriculture, Slovenia

  • Remarks by Atle Hamar

    The Norwegian Government’s work and follow up on the National Pollination Strategy from 2018


    Atle Hamar, State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment

  • Joint presentation

    A joint presentation as follows:
    Markus Sydenham, Researcher from NINA and expert on wild bees and pollination: The importance of pollinating insects and bees
    David Barton, Senior researcher from NINA: The importance of green infrastructure and pollinator friendly habitats in cities
    Ane Johnsen from ByBi: The importance of citizen science


    Markus Sydenham, David Barton and Ane Johnsen

  • Talk by Maja Lunde

    Literature and the ecological crisis


    Maja Lunde, Author: The History Of Bees

  • Photo session

    Viewing of the Apiary, exhibition and honey tasting in the main hall

  • Mingle

    Mingle with complimentary food

  • Dr. Aleksandra Pivec, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Slovenia

    Dr. Aleksandra Pivec was born in 26 March 1972 in Ptuj. In 1999 she graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana, where she later obtained her PhD degree in chemical engineering, writing her thesis on the subject of the optimisation of wine fermentation processes.

    In September 2016 she joined the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad, where she held the position of state secretary from September 2017 to September 2018. 

    On 13 September 2018 the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed her as the Minister of agriculture, forestry and food.

  • Atle Hamar

    Atle Hamar (born 1963) is currently State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway since the 17 January 2018.

    Atle Hamar served as Director General for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority from 2001 until he was appointed State Secretary in 2018..
    He served as a board member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) for ten years, in 2007 as Chairman of the Board.

    Mr. Hamar has 20 years’ experience with politics and state administration, including serving as deputy minister in the Ministry for Police and Justice Affairs in Norway, and as political advisor in the Ministry for Transport and Communication.

  • Markus Sydenham

    Markus A. K. Sydenham, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher (Forsker II) with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). Sydenham’s research focuses on identifying the mechanisms behind species distributions, and applying this knowledge to preserve biodiversity. He uses wild bees as model organisms for his work and has expertise on their identification, ecology, and conservation. The natural systems focus of his research has been on ‘artificial’ landscape elements such as field margins, power line clearings in forests. Together with colleagues at NINA, he is currently working on developing planning tools for identifying cultural grasslands (“Slåttemarker”) where improving habitat conditions for wild bees will have the greatest effect

  • David Barton

    David N. Barton, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientists with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). Barton’s research focuses on the monetary valuation of ecosystem services, integrated ecological economic modelling, risk and decision analysis, payments for ecosystem services and policymix analysis. The natural systems focus of his research has been on urban ecosystems, wetlands, water resources management and forest conservation planning.

  • ByBi

    ByBi, Oslo’s urban beekeeping association and an environmental organisation, established 2012. Through courses, seminars, honey production and environmental projects, ByBi inspires and educates Oslo’s citizens, from politicians, private corporations and academics to children and urban farmers. Our work spreads knowledge and understanding of the importance of bees for a healthy and green city. We emphasise the importance of biodiversity, social integration and a sustainable flowering city development. ByBi cooperates with the Municipality of Oslo and contributes to reaching several of the UN sustainability goals. ByBi works systematically to increase the bee-friendly foodsource and collaborates with the Municipality of Oslo, Norway’s Environmental Agency, urban farmers and researchers such as NINA.